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Motorist fatally shot driving straight at NC trooper during traffic stop, cops say

The Wichita Eagle

A North Carolina state trooper is on leave after fatally shooting a motorist who allegedly drove straight at the officer during a traffic stop in the coastal town of Shallotte, according to a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Highway patrol officials identified the driver as Brandon Lovell Webster, 28, of Shallotte. He died Wednesday of a gunshot wound at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, officials said.

Trooper S. A. Collins was identified as the officer involved in the shooting. He is a one year veteran of the State Highway Patrol,. said a press release.

The incident happened at at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 in Shallotte, about 40 miles southwest of Wilmington, said the statement.

“During the course of the stop, the trooper discharged his firearm as the violator vehicle accelerated towards him, fleeing the scene,” said a release from Sgt Chris Knox of the NC Depart of Public Safety.

Webster showed up “a short time later at the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center,” said a press release.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, said the release. “The trooper has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation which is agency protocol in any officer involved shooting,” said the state release.

State officials did not say why Webster was pulled over by the trooper.

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